I'm just going by the latest rumors, but when you consider who the top 7 winningest college football programs are....
1. Michigan: 877-304-38
2. Texas: 845-321-34
3. Notre Dame: 837-291-42
4. Nebraska: 837-341-41
5. Ohio State: 819-308-53
6. Alabama: 813-316-43
7. Penn State 812-351-43
8. Oklahoma: 796-305-53
9. Tennessee: 783-333-55
10. USC: 774-307-54
If the Big 10 somehow gets Nebraska, Texas and Notre Dame to join us, the Big 10 would have 6 of the 7 winningest programs in 1 conference. If Penn st can get 1 more win over Alabama, we have the top 6. I doubt this will happen, but suppose Oklahoma is asked to join us then that is 7 of top 8 in a single conference. It would be very hard for the SEC to top that, even if they marged the best teams from ACC, PAC 10 or Big East.
If the Big 10 focused on the top "football" teams, instead of worrying about getting any New York team, I think the conference would have a lot more prestige that every state in the nation would want the Big 10 channel as a basic sports(football) channel. If Notre Dame wants to remain an independent, then we can counter by adding a New York team for the money and break up the Big East. Texas folks may want to see Texas Tech and Baylor join the Pac 10, and see Texas A&M join the SEC, because it would mean that the 3 power conferences (Pac 16, Big 10/16, SEC) would all be located in a single state, thus can see each team visit in state. Dallas could probably host a championship game each year, rotating with the Big 3 conferences.
Texas politicians would be smart to try to split up the Texas schools and spread out to as many different conferences as possible with a realistic shot of a conference championship game being held in state. One argument is that both the Fiesta and Rose bowl is in original Pac 10 country, while Sugar and Orange is in original SEC country, so Texas should host a conference title game more often.
Exciting times are coming, that's for sure.